Writing the One-Hour Pilot I

FILM TV X 442.1

Develop the world, characters, tone, and story engine for an original TV series before developing an outline and your script's first act.

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Classroom
Online
Starting at $665.00
As few as 10 weeks
3.0 Credits

What you can learn.

  • Turn your pilot idea into a solid one-hour series with potential for many episodes
  • Develop a cast of compelling characters that viewers will follow
  • Write a full beat outline for the series's pilot episode
  • Begin writing your original pilot script

About this course:

Anyone who wants to work as a professional television writer has to be able to submit top-notch original material to agents and showrunners. In this fast-paced course, you take your idea for a one-hour TV series and turn it into an outline, write intensively, and get feedback from the instructor and fellow participants every week. Throughout this process, you learn how to envision the world of your show, create characters and conflict, build a storytelling engine, and nail down your show's structure, tone, story, and act breaks. By the end of course, you have strong act breaks, a full beat outline, and a critique of the first 10 pages of your original one-hour pilot script. This course counts toward the four-course Writer's Fellowship Prep Specialization.
Suggested Prerequisites

It is advisable that you complete the following (or equivalent) since they are prerequisites for Writing the One-Hour Pilot I.

X 430.4 Beginning Writing for the One-Hour Spec I and X 431.4 Beginning Writing for the One-Hour Spec II, or equivalent, or consent of instructor.

Winter 2019 Schedule

These courses are fully online, and there are no in-person classroom meetings.

Available
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Instructor: Erica Byrne
364807
Fee:
$695.00
55 days left. Enroll by Jan 9, 2019
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Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after January 14, 2019

These courses meet in person and make use of an online presence to varying degrees.

Available
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Thursday 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: UCLA
Instructor: Douglas Steinberg
364806
Fee:
$665.00
56 days left. Enroll by Jan 10, 2019
See Details
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after January 15, 2019
Schedule
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Date
Time
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Discussion
Thu Jan 10, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Rolfe Hall 3134
Discussion
Thu Jan 17, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Rolfe Hall 3134
Discussion
Thu Jan 24, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Rolfe Hall 3134
Discussion
Thu Jan 31, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Rolfe Hall 3134
Discussion
Thu Feb 7, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Rolfe Hall 3134
Discussion
Thu Feb 14, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Rolfe Hall 3134
Discussion
Thu Feb 21, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Rolfe Hall 3134
Discussion
Thu Feb 28, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Rolfe Hall 3134
Discussion
Thu Mar 7, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Rolfe Hall 3134
Discussion
Thu Mar 14, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Rolfe Hall 3134

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